Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues July 10 with 20 Seasons in Simsbury

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival (photo courtesy Alan Grant)
The Talcott Mountain Music Festival (photo courtesy Alan Grant)

SIMSBURY, CT  June 9, 2015 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary with 20 Seasons in Simsbury on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.  Led by former HSO Music Director and first-ever Talcott Mountain Music Festival conductor Michael Lankester, the program will include all the fan favorites – classical treasures, blockbuster movie soundtracks, the best of Broadway, and a few special surprises. With music from Dmitri Shostakovich to John Williams, from Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to George M. Cohan – there will be something for everyone during this special night! Rain date is Saturday, July 11.

About Michael Lankester

Michael Lankester enjoys an eminent, international career as composer, arranger and commentator for special projects in opera, theater and broadcasting. For 15 years Mr. Lankester served as Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Hartford Chamber Orchestra.  Since leaving the HSO, he has appeared as guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian

Michael Lankester
Michael Lankester

National Radio Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, and the orchestras of Seattle, Syracuse, Indianapolis, S W Florida, Edmonton, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Lankester made his American debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During an eight-year association with that orchestra – first as Assistant Conductor, then as Associate Conductor and finally as Conductor-in-Residence – he led subscription, education and tour concerts and directed its contemporary music series. He has returned in subsequent seasons as a guest conductor.  Elsewhere, he has conducted The Cleveland Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Dakota, Syracuse, Toronto, Edmonton, Montréal and Ottawa, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM and the New York City Ballet. In England, he has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. He has also led the Orchestra Communale di Firenze, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and at the Festival La Gesse in Toulouse, France. In Asia, Mr. Lankester has led the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the National Theater of Great Britain, Mr. Lankester worked with many distinguished directors.  He also served as conductor for the inaugural production of Tom Stoppard’s play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (music by André Previn), with subsequent performances in the U.S.A. in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.

The 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 24. Concerts include:
Mambo Kings: June 26
Celebrate America: July 3
20 Seasons in Simsbury: July 10
Classical Night Fever: July 17
The Music of Queen: July 24

Friday, July 10, 2015 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows
Ticket Information: Subscriptions to the 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival range in price from $100-$1420; Advance single lawn tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Adult single lawn tickets are $25 at the gate.   For more ticketing information, please contact HSO ticket services at 860-987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Additional Information: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for all Talcott Mountain Music Festival concerts. Open to all ticket holders, the HSO Education Tent is open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; families can enjoy free activities such as music-themed games and crafts, the “Instrument Zoo,” and youth performances.  In the case of severe weather, this concert will be performed the following night (Saturday, July 11) at the same time.

The 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is sponsored by The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Hartford HealthCare is Concert Sponsor for the July 3 Celebrate America concert and Classic Hotels of Connecticut is Concert Sponsor for the July 10 20 Seasons in Simsbury concert. Festival Patron support comes from Falcetti Music, Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal, Seabury, Seabury at Home, UBS Realty Investors, LLC, and Webster Bank; Festival Benefactor support from Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., Simscroft-Echo Farms/Girard Brothers Corporation, Travelers, Viking Fuel Oil Company; and Festival Friend support from Barnes Group, Inc.,  Big Y, Ethel Walker School, Eversource, Fitzgerald’s Foods, The Hartford, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Metro Bis, Motley Rice, LLC, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC, Robert Hensley & Associates, LLC, Robinson & Cole, Simsbury Bank, Stanley Black & Decker, TD Bank and UnitedHealthcare. The Education Tent Sponsor is Renbrook School. The Fireworks Sponsor is The Master’s School. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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